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Artsline - Fantastic summer theatre, tours and art right where you live!

Quill shakespeare festival Agecroft She Stoops to Conquer
The Richmond Shakespeare Festival continues this week at Agecroft Hall with Quill Theatre's production of She Stoops to Conquer. See more details below. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline || July 4, 2022

“Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today's world it has become a necessity.” ~ Author Unknown

If your vacation is more of a stay-cation, then RVA has a lot to offer this summer in the way of arts and culture. Looking to get away to another era? Try slipping in one of our museums. Outdoor fun? Try one of the many history and art tours offered by local arts and history organizations. Want to improve your mind? Check out art and performance workshops – not just for kids, but for adults too. This week has it all – and more – right in your neighborhood!

To list your events on Artsline, go to

Visual Art, History
Saturday, July 9, 10am
Meet in front of the mural at 325 North 2nd Street, Richmond, 23219
$20 adults | $10 members | free under 18

The Valentine brings the most experienced tour guides in Richmond to explore the diversity of one of city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Visit murals, revitalized buildings and historic homes and learn the neighborhood’s rich history. Trace its evolution from immigrant, working-class neighborhood, to the “Harlem of the South” and a modern community today; and explore how art is telling the story of Jackson Ward. Advance tickets required. Purchase tickets online.

Weekly Fridays – Sundays, beginning at 10am
Maymont, 1000 Westover Road, Richmond, 23220
$8 adults | $6 seniors & kids 3-13 | Free for members & children 2 & under

Explore the Gilded Age home of James and Sallie May Dooley with a self-guided audio tour from Maymont. Learn more about the people who lived and worked here, balancing technological advances of the time with the labor-intensive operations of a home this size, including the complicated story of the New South and Jim Crow.  Limited capacity, advance reservations recommended. Walk-up tickets available as capacity allows. Purchase tickets online.

Visual Art
Saturday, July 9, 10am
Varina Public Library, 1875 New Market Road, Richmond, 23231

Make art outdoors! Inspired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, they are hosting art-making celebrations at scenic spaces around Richmond – this time at Varina Library. Bring your own paints and paper, or any art-making materials! At each pop-up location, a limited number of easels will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration required for this free event. All are welcome; no experience required.

Saturday, July 9, 6pm
Wilton House, 215 South Wilton Road, Richmond, 23226
$5 Advance | $10 Door

Join the Wilton House Museum this summer for an outdoor concert series on the grounds of Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our scenic terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy complimentary evening tours of Wilton before the concert as well as face-painting and games. Purchase tickets online.

Visual Art
Friday, July 8 through Friday, August 26
Reynolds Gallery 1514 W Main Street Richmond, VA 23220

Reynolds Gallery presents their 2022 Summer Show, an exhibition featuring new works by seventeen artists. The show opens Friday, July 8th and will remain on view at the gallery’s Main Street location through August 26th, 2022.

Standup Comedy
Saturday, July 9, 8pm
Coalition Theatre, 8 West Broad Street Richmond, 23220

Coalition Theatre brings a uniquely fast-paced and intimate stand-up showcase hosted by Natasha Vaynblat (The Tonight Show), James Hamilton (VICE TV), and CJ Hunt (The Daily Show). Good Delivery regularly sells out one of Brooklyn’s most popular comedy venues, Union Hall, and is now hitting the road, where it will feature two comics from each city it visits. Purchase tickets online.

History, Literary Art
Thursday, July 7, 6pm

The Library of Virginia presents a virtual talk by law professor and award-winning author Mary Sarah Bilder on her new book, Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution. Her provocative new biography investigates the rise of a radical new idea in the English-speaking world: female genius. Bilder finds the perfect exemplar in English-born Eliza Harriot Barons O’Connor, a pathbreaking female educator who delivered a University of Pennsylvania lecture attended by George Washington as he and other Constitutional Convention delegates gathered in Philadelphia. As the first such public female lecturer, her courageous performance likely inspired the gender-neutral language of the Constitution. Registration required for this free event.

Comedy, Dance, Theatre
Friday, July 8, 8:30pm
Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Road, Richmond, 23230
$12 Advance | $15 at Door | $20 VIP

Burlesque Right Meow heats things up for this summertime show! The cast full of fabulous entertainers will excite and delight you all night long! It will be an unforgettable evening of burlesque and variety while enjoying the unique and delicious craft brews of Strangeways. This month's spectacular performers: Andromeda, Burton Quinn, Edie Sativa, Kill Gil, Liz Barlow, Qing Blaze, Salem Sirene, Sally Stardust, Scarlet Starlet. Hosted by Murphy Lawless. This show is for audiences 18+. Purchase tickets online.

Thursdays – Sundays, July 7-31, 7:30pm
Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, 23221
$33 adults | $28 seniors | $20 students

Quill Theatre presents one of the greatest romantic comedies of manners ever written as a part of the Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall. Synopsis: A young man comes to the country to court the daughter of a friend of his father's. Although well-bred, he is shy and awkward around women of his own standing, but a rake around 'women of another sort.' He is fooled into thinking that the old-fashioned house he is to visit is actually an inn, his father's friend is the Innkeeper, and his potential betrothed a barmaid. Since its first performance in 1773, this has been in perpetual production all over the world! Don't forget your lawn chair! Purchase tickets online.

Visual Art
Friday, July 8, 6pm – reception
Exhibit through Friday, September 2
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street, Chester, 23831

Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education invites you to the opening of Carol Anna Meese’s inspiring exhibit, Journey. Celebrate with light food, cash bar, music, and of course the art! Meese’s statement: “As in life, on any journey, the destination is never assured, signs along the way can point to choices that must be made. The journey is full of challenges, choices, obstacles, and outcomes. Doubt sets in.  Choices are forced.   Eventually one reaches a destination and upon arrival reflections are made, the trip evaluated, and one learns to live with the choices one has made.” RSVP online for the reception.

If you are an arts or cultural organization with lectures, exhibitions, performances, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline  here

If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools, check out the  list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.

The Library of Virginia, Quill Theatre, The Valentine and Wilton House Museum are sponsors of VPM.

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